Second Lt.Rauseo and his staff from the 808 Army Engineer Group met with OISD Superintendent Philip Welch, Chairman of the Derrick Relocation Committee Bo Henley, Chad Jenkins, Jesse Fremont, Harvey Wilson, Ronnie Hutchinson, and Charles Donnard in Orangefield Saturday morning to survey the oil derrick sites that they want moved to the Orangefield Cormier Museum.

Although the time schedule has been pushed back to late spring or summer, they still are very optimistic that they will be able to get the job done.

This group has done projects all over the world, including building schools in Iraq; however, they did mention that this was the first time they had been asked to move an oil derrick.

The museum had hoped the derricks would have been in place for the Christmas Festival in Orangefield on Dec. 10 in order to revive the old tradition of lighting the Orangefield Oil Derrick, but that will have to wait until next year. In the meantime we hope to have a work over rig in place for the traditional derrick lighting.

Those interested in participating in the “Christmas in Orangefield” Festival please contact Chad Jenkins at

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